Designing and preparing for your photoshoot is an enormous part of guaranteeing the perfect session.
Once you've booked your shoot, we'll schedule a phone call for a Design Consultation where we will discuss wardrobe and photoshoot locations. We'll iron out all the details of what you're looking for in a photoshoot. Design Consultations are required for booking a shoot with the studio because this is where we tailor and design the shoot according to what you want.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for the photo session.
Make sure your nails are groomed and painted or kept short and natural. Good colors that register well in photographs include beautiful blush tones or true reds. Stay away from trendy multi colored or patterned nails as they will look busy in a photograph. If you can, stay away from fake nails.
For hair, make sure you've either booked an appointment with a stylist for your shoot or that you know how to style your own hair in a look you'd like for your portraits.
Styles that translate very well on camera include loose curls or waves, half up and down styles, and braids.
Focus on bringing volume to your hair either with voluminous sprays or powders.
It’s very important that you like your makeup when going into your photoshoot. If you’ve hired a makeup artist and you’re not sure about the look she’s given you, tell her to change it or try to fix it as best as you can before the shoot. If you do not like your makeup, there’s a great chance that you will not like your photos.
You don’t need a heavy hand when applying makeup for a natural light shoot. Stay away from contour unless that’s part of your usual look. Opt for light foundation and a pinky blush for a natural flush. Neutral eyeshadows and mascara translate very beautifully on camera.
Remember - be as precise as you can with your eyeliner and lipliner. My photography style is very up close and personal and these details are very important.
Stay away from stripes, polka dots, busy patterns, or flowy blouses or dresses. These will add bulk to your frame and translate poorly in camera.
Do go for blocks of color, minimal patterns (a small lace pattern on the arms, for example), and form fitting attire. These are all slimming and work well when coordinating a shoot.
In Studio Shoots
If you opt for an in studio session, you'll probably have the option to wear multiple outfits for your shoot. Prepare a number of different outfits to bring to your session, knowing that we can narrow down your different looks together while we're in the studio. We'll have time for up to five outfits in a two hour period.
If you’re planning on getting headshots, plan to wear your entire outfit for the shoot even if you don’t think you’ll be getting shots that show below your waist.
Shoes are not important because your feet will not be in the shot.
On Location Shoots
If we're planning for an on location shoot, changing areas are limited to whatever you feel comfortable with (publish restrooms, your car, etc.), so I would suggest wearing one outfit with different layers, accessories, or jackets to easily get a bit of variety with minimal effort.
Bring a tote bag with different shoes or scarves. Also prepare comfortable shoes to wear while walking from location to location. There might be hills, mud, or wet grass to trek through for your photos. Be prepared. :)
Accessories add a lot of charm and can easily differentiate looks. Colorful scarves, jewelry, belts, hats - play around with the look you're interested in to make it your own!
And that's it! I hope you've come away with some ideas from reading this post. I'll have some more tips and tricks when preparing for a photoshoot in future blog posts. Let me know if you have any other questions you would like answered in a blog post.